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Coastal Exposures THE OSIDER MARCH/APRIL 2021

Pier views. Photo by Zach Cordner

Coastal Exposures THE OSIDER MARCH/APRIL 2021

Late afternoon walk up Wala Drive. Photo by Zach Cordner




D E P A R T M E N T S 2  COASTAL EXPOSURES Featuring our best images of Oceanside on tap. Photography by Zach Cordner 8  SET IN STONE “The best things in life are worth the wait” 12  OCEANSIDE’S FINEST • Shelby Jacobs 14  GREEN O • Earth Month’s Mayor’s Challenge 18  LOCAL FLAVOR • Switchboard Cafe 20 COMMUNITY • Oceanside Library Book Delivery 40 HOMEGROWN • Olivia Oleson 42 ARTS • Jaspert Pottery 48  LOCAL RETAILER • MadStrange 50  LOCAL BUSINESS • Nevarez Boxing



52 INLAND • Mena’s Afghan Kabob 54 COASTAL • Parlor Doughnuts 56 INLAND • Enzo’s BBQ Ale House 58  RESTAURANT AND BAR GUIDE The Osider guide to all the best bars and eateries in town

The Aloha spirit is still alive! Thanks to photographers Brent & Brian Bielmann who donated these amazing prints!

63  FAST FORWARD TO YESTERDAY • The Strand & First Street

F E A T U R E S 22  TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BEACHLAKE TRAILER PARK Learn about the history of a campground that became a trailer park, eventually becoming Oceanside Harbor 26  SPRING FLING The Osider’s guide to ultimate fun this springtime 32  HUMANITY SHOWERS “Humanity Showers provides mobile showers and semipermanent showers for communities lacking access to hygiene. They aim to provide a clean space where people feel welcome, secure, and empowered”

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A word from the publisher

Have you ever heard the saying, “The best things in life are worth the wait”? Well, that’s how we here at The Osider feel about Oceanside. While this last year has felt like life has been on pause, our beloved city has been going through a crazy transformation—from sleepy little beach town to a bustling tourist destination with new opportunities around every corner. When we drive downtown, it seems that there’s a new business popping up in every other building. While some would love Oceanside to stay just as it was ten years ago, it’s just not a possibility. Change is the only constant, and with that change comes some sacrifice—the upside for our future generations outweigh our past by a mile. It’s been tough not to see the benefits of all the change when we’ve been halted by this global pandemic. We’ve seen all of the construction around town, but have yet to taste the fruits of the labor underway. But spring’s here, COVID cases are on the downturn, and Oceanside’s about to blow up like never before. Just remember that we're really close to enjoying all of these new things on offer— we just have to hang on a little bit longer to reap the rewards. Because like I said before, the best things in life are always worth the wait. Jamey Stone




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PUBLISHER Jamey Stone/Publisher/Co-Founder stone@theosider.com EDITORIAL Zach Cordner/Creative Director/Co-Founder zach@theosider.com Dwayne Carter/Design Director dwayne@theosider.com Aaron Schmidt/Editorial Director aaron@theosider.com ADVERTISING Nolan Woodrell/Advertising Director nolan@theosider.com ADMINISTRATION Alicia Stone CONTRIBUTORS Jack Antal, Renordo Bowen, Eric Klier, Katie LaLicata, Kristi Hawthorne Cameron Reeder, Elizabeth Schwartze, Alicia Stone, Shelby Rowe, Jordan Verdin SPECIAL THANKS Oceanside Historical Society, Tim Wrisley, Amber Lussier, Alondra Figueroa, Anamarina Hernandez, The Carter Family, Hans Molenkamp, The Woodrell Family, The Becker Family, Ron Goodin, Bailey Stone, Braden Stone, Judy Camp, The Hoffer Family, Steve and Linda Josepho, Jean Josepho, Bottom Line Management, Oceanside Museum of Art, and all of our advertisers


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On the Cover: One of the best springtime activities in town: The San Luis Rey Bike Trail. Photo by Zach Cordner


When I first contacted Shelby Jacobs about writing this piece about him and his accomplishments, his answer was a quick, “Great. How about today?” and right away I was struck with his optimism and eagerness to tell his story. Shelby is used to these phone calls having spent the last few years being approached by various media outlets asking him to speak on his work in the space program, and about the discrimination he’s witnessed and personally faced as an African American in the aerospace industry. As it turns out, we have our very own “hidden figure” right here in Oceanside, and I had the pleasure of meeting him and his lovely wife Elizabeth in their home. We scheduled the meeting at noon— since his retirement, Shelby has adopted a philosophy of staying off the roads during peak traffic hours to make space for the working folks. It’s just a small example of his warm and generous personality. After he cracked some jokes and showed me some of his most beloved keepsakes, we sat down and I listened to his story. Shelby’s journey started in Dallas, Texas before moving as a child to Val Verde—a black community in the Santa Clarita area of Southern California. He was told in high school that as an African American he should “learn a trade,” but he remained determined to follow his dreams of something more. He earned a scholarship at UCLA, where he studied mechanical engineering, and was soon hired by Rockwell International as one of eight black engineers at a company that employed thousands. There, he spent the next 40 years working his way up to the executive level and his “mahogany row” position as Project Manager for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Shelby Jacobs’ most celebrated accomplishment began in 1965 when he was assigned to complete the design for a camera system that

could prove that rocket separations occurred correctly for the unmanned Apollo 6 space mission. In doing so, he became responsible for the footage from the April 4, 1968 launch, which was the first time the curvature of the Earth had been documented on film. Sadly, the successful mission happened on the same day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The tragedy hit home for Shelby, as a few years prior he had the honor to be in the presence of MLK and hear him speak in Georgia at a symposium on voter registration. Shelby would go on to work on all of the other Apollo missions as well as the Shuttle Program. After the 1986 Challenger disaster, he assisted the investigation by examining the footage and quickly ruling out his company’s equipment. Released in 2016, the movie Hidden Figures highlighted the previously unseen role black women played in the international space race, whose work

“Never demand respect, but always command respect” would lead to the successful moon landing of Apollo 11. The feature shed light on Shelby’s own contribution, and he began to grant interviews and speak out about his experience living through the civil rights movement and working in a predominantly white industry during segregation. In 2018, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the famous footage, the Columbia Memorial Space Center opened an exhibit honoring Shelby entitled Achieving the Impossible: The Life and Dreams of Shelby Jacobs. Shelby approached his choice of where he’d retire the same way he conducted his life’s

work—using practical science. He’d watched his colleagues retire only to realize they weren’t happy in the places they’d chosen, so he began with the weather and considered the entire Southern California coast, while narrowing his choices. He immediately dismissed Los Angeles, Orange County, and downtown San Diego, due to dense populations. He even factored in the amount of seismic activity in the area (he determined that is the quietest place on the fault line), and focused on North County. He settled on Jeffries Ranch here in Oceanside, and he’s very proud of his beautiful home he bought brand new in 1996, which he chose specifically based on the direction of the sun. He’s remained active in the Oceanside City Council and his church community and has traveled the country speaking as a role model to young students about the importance of staying in school and working to achieve their goals regardless of race or background. In 2019, California Congressman Mike Levin named him the first of his “Constituent of the Month” program, and spoke about his legacy on the House floor in Washington D.C. As I began to leave, he asked to show me one last thing. It’s a beautiful spread of food that his wife had prepared. Elizabeth explained that it’s part of her rich Mexican heritage to always offer guests something to eat. She said her mother had always managed to keep her family and neighborhood fed with her homemade beans and rice. Before we said goodbye, we giggled as he showed me his impressive “moonwalk,” and then he once again reiterated the trait he attributes to his success. He reminded me to “Never demand respect, but always command respect.” It’s an important lesson, and an empowering message that I was lucky enough to see in person—and one I won’t soon forget.


Earth Month’s Mayor’s Challenge for Sustainability Returns April 1-30: Help Our City Win FIRST Place! For over a decade, the Oceanside community has celebrated the Earth during the month of April with fun-filled activities and events. This year, Mayor Sanchez is challenging the community to take action for the planet and help the City win the 2021 National Mayor’s Challenge for Sustainability. Your participation in the Mayor’s Challenge will positively impact the planet and our community! This National Competition, hosted by the Wyland Foundation, takes place NATION-WIDE and measures individual environmental actions and water conservation within each city. The city with the most points brings home the coveted FIRST PLACE title! Last year, Oceanside finished in second place. This year, we plan to WIN! Are YOU in? How Can You Help Our City Reach First Place? It’s Easy! Take the Pledge! Between April 1- 3 0, Oceanside residents can visit mywaterpledge. com to take the Mayor’s Challenge Pledge to conserve water and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Submitting your pledge takes only one minute, and you just earned a point for Oceanside! Take Action! You can also earn our City points by completing sustainability projects in your home and neighborhood and logging your actions at wylandfoundation.ecochallenge.org. •

Do you choose to use a reusable water bottle? Log your actions and EARN POINTS for Oceanside—it’s that simple!

Take a 5-minute shower—not only will you save up to twenty gallons of water, but you can EARN POINTS as well!

Ready to get started? Oceanside residents can also pick up a Green Oceanside One Planet. Take Action Kit to help with completing sustainable actions. Kits are available while supplies last and can be mailed directly to your home. Visit GreenOceanside.org for further details and registration. Along with the Mayor’s Challenge for Sustainability, you can also look forward to online activities, virtual or in-person community presentations, "The Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup", and the Annual Harvest Oceanside event during Earth Month! Be sure to visit the Earth Month page at GreenOceanside.org to stay up to date on this year’s Earth Month activities. Scan the QR Code to sign up to receive a reminder from Green Oceanside on April 1st announcing the start of the Mayor’s Challenge! 14


HOW TO MAKE POKE With Chef Michael Mitchem of The Switchboard Restaurant & Bar PHOTOS BY ZACH CORDNER

Poke is a Hawaiian word for “to slice or cut in pieces.” Originally prepared as just salted fresh fish, poke has been influenced by the many Pac Rim countries to be a blend of ingredients. Typically found on a bed of rice, it can be combined with whatever you can forage from the fridge and cabinets. As we approach the springtime, we think Chef Michael Mitchem’s ono recipe would hit the spot just right. Aloha!


Shoyu Poke Sauce

Dice fresh Ahi and/or Salmon ¼-diced Avocado 2  cherry tomatoes cut into quarters 1 tablespoon of diced cucumber Jalapeno to desired spiciness 1 tablespoon of crushed Macadamia nuts 1  tablespoon of green onions 1  tablespoon of sweet onions Mix in Shoyu Poke sauce for desired taste

1  cup soy sauce 3  tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3  tablespoons sesame oil 1  tablespoon freshly grated ginger 2 teaspoons Korean red chili pepper flake (Gochugaru) 1  teaspoon garlic minced



Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed.



Sam in action.


It’s March 2020. Quarantine begins. Life comes to a halt. Everyone is home and wondering how to proceed. But one beloved institution answers the call to meet the community—the Oceanside Library! If residents can’t come to the library— the library will come to them. And that’s exactly what they did! Oceanside Library began the only free book delivery in San Diego County. The dedicated staff quickly took action to get books into the hands of its residents. Almost one year later, the book delivery van is now visiting approximately 60 to 100 households per week day. Book delivery throughout Oceanside is not a new service, but upscaling to meet the needs of residents covering 42 square miles of city is a daunting feat. With the physical library closed, thousands of families signed up to browse the online library, choose their books, and wait for the van to bring their special delivery. There are approximately 200-300 unique family deliveries each week. A large portion of books delivered are

Oceanside Librarian Sam Liston

“Book delivery throughout Oceanside was not a new service, but upscaling to meet the needs of residents covering 42 square miles of city is a daunting feat”

children’s materials. “It really brings the worthwhileness home. They’re not able to have school interactions, and books are a great vehicle to take time away from the screen. Brings our hearts happiness to see the faces when we bring materials,” proclaimed Sam Liston, Oceanside Librarian. From behind the library desk, to driving around every district in Oceanside, “it was a great opportunity to visit the diverse communities in our great city,” said CJ Di Mento, Library Division Manager. Upscaling the delivery service also presented a new set of challenges, as the team suddenly became logistic managers, trying to find manageable driving routes. It took team effort, but Sam and the library staff’s outlook all along was “We can do that!” The hard work has paid off for the diligent librarians, and thankfully, they’re getting the recognition they deserve with a wall of notes, letters, and thank you’s from the communities. Kristina Alger, fourth grade teacher at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School is part of the A+ Educator Program. “As a teacher, I always want to put books in my student’s hands. I’ve always seen the library as the best way to do that. The delivery service from the Oceanside libraries has been such a lifesaver during this trying time. I really appreciate the Oceanside library staff’s dedication to putting books in the hands of all who want to read.” It’s not only the exceedingly popular book delivery that sets Oceanside apart, the library has partnered with institutions including Oceanside Museum of Art, Hill Street Country Club, KOCT, and San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum to meet the community’s needs. The staff are also proud of their PSA commissioned from local musician Shane Hall. The library staff miss the daily traffic in their buildings, but have proven that they’ll do anything to get information to the public—in any form needed. Both the Civic Center and Mission Branch Libraries are currently open for browse-and-go service. The list of offerings at the Oceanside Libraries include (but not limited to): •

Digital books with platforms such as Libby and Hoopla

Children’s Art Kits

Coursera, a free online job skill learning platform

Adult and family literacy courses

Virtual storytimes for babies, toddlers, and early learners on Zoom

Mobile art workshops

STEM kits (science kits in a bag)

Teens Work Internship program employs teens ages fourteen to eighteen years old

Early learning and community information hub

Visit the Oceanside Public Library website at www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/lib/ to learn more about programming, and sign up for book delivery. Then the library van can visit you, too!   21

TEN Things You Didn’t Know About


In the summer of 1930, the City of Oceanside opened a Municipal Campground on the north end of the Strand. This campground gave weekend visitors and long term vacationers a spacious area to pitch tents in the sand and enjoy “roughing it” right on the oceanfront. These weren’t small pop-up tents, but substantial shelters with cardboard floors. Family cars came loaded with provisions to last for several days, if not weeks. The City provided restroom facilities and faucets for water, and a concession stand and store were added for the convenience of the campers. This area would later develop into what was called Beach Lake.

An aerial view of Beachlake in the 1950s

Beachlake Travel Trailer Park, circa 1950s


The campground started at the north end of the Strand and stretched to the San Luis Rey River. It became so popular that in 1941 the local newspaper reported that the campground “did a thriving business with 1,650 people” for the 4th of July.

from the rough ocean,” all the while enjoying its beauty. Beach Lake was an immediate sensation and campers came from all over Southern California.


In 1949, the campground was transformed into “Beach Lake” with the building of a small boat basin. Originally called Oceanside Bay Beach, Zaiser created a lake by building a dike and diverting water. This expanded the area to 45 acres, which began west of the railway bridge to the beach (east and west), and from 1001 North Strand to near the entrance of the Del Mar Boat Basin (south and north).

Henry Johnson who went to Beach Lake for eight summers in a row beginning in 1950 had fond memories. “We came down in a 1949 Kiser and we would have the backseat fully loaded. My sister and I essentially laid flat on top of blankets, bedding, and tablecloths, just everything you would think of in terms of what could be put in the backseat. Behind the car was a U-Haul trailer with an icebox, beds, rugs to be put down over a cardboard floor, orange crates to be nailed together to make cupboards, table, chairs, just about all you would need essentially for like a little tent cottage, to be set up on the beach. “The first summer was the smallest tent we had. It was a 12x12 small camping tent. It looked like a simple roof building. It had a slanted roof; it had four windows and a zippered door at one end. And we had crammed into there, three beds, a table, and an icebox. We didn’t start using refrigerators until probably about 1956, so everyone had an icebox down there. So we had the icebox, the tables and beds and the a camping stove, a butane camping stove, which took the butane from a small tank on the exterior to the tent and that’s what it was. That was our first summer there. The icebox was similar to what everybody had—a small icebox. So you had the traditional ice truck going through the Beach Lake, I think twice a day.”




The campgrounds were leased out to local individuals who collected the nominal camping fee, and in turn, maintained the camp and its concessions. The lease had to be renewed after a period of time, and in 1947, Albert Zaiser held the lease for the popular campground. It was not without controversy, as Zaiser wanted to add a trailer park to a large portion of adjoining land he owned, but many were opposed to this use of the beachfront. Under the contract Zaiser had with the City of Oceanside, he was to “expend $10,000 a year for the next four years on improvement of the camp.” He began that year with an extensive improvement of the campgrounds, removing weathered structures and replacing them with new ones.


With the addition of the “lake” campers could now enjoy canoeing and swimming “protected

Every summer was an idyllic one. In 1951, for just $1.25 a day or $6.00 a week, a family could 24

Henry Johnson's mother, grandparents and brother at Beachlake in 1956.

TEN Beachlake Trailer Park

Things You Didn’t Know About

Beachlake, circa 1950s.

Gus Hawthorn at Beachlake in the early 1950s.

set up a tent and small campground of their own. Most families stayed for the entire summer. Back then, the mothers and children would stay at the beach, while fathers continued to work during the week. The men would then make the drive back to Oceanside on Friday evening to enjoy the weekend with their families. Because the campgrounds were packed to the hilt with people, parking was at a premium. Henry remembered that the women would put a camping stool out in the parking place that was to be saved. “So all through Beach Lake there were these stools, chairs, a box—anything that says, “this place is saved for my husband. These days someone would walk up, remove the thing, and drive in, but it worked then! So Friday night parking spaces filled up with all the husbands who arrived during the Friday evening hours.”


Helen Trask, a regular camper who returned for many years, would read to the children for their entertainment. The children would pile into her tent to listen to the books that ranged from Tom Sawyer to the Donner Party. Children could bring

Beachlake Trailer Park, 1959.

their own books and she would read every night, but leave off in a sort of “cliffhanger” saying, “Now, tomorrow night come back and we’ll find out what Tom does, and who is hidden in the cave.”


The campground included a café, a bar for the adults, a grocery store, and a laundry. There were up to eight buildings for restrooms, which included showers. Beach Lake also featured an outdoor dance floor, a large cement slab. Local bands would come and play, and young teenagers danced and sometimes had their first summer romances. When the summer was over, many people had made lifelong friends that they looked forward to seeing again the following summer. “I never wanted to leave,” remembered Henry Johnson. “People were hollering, ‘See you next summer!’ and it was kind of like a bittersweet ending. It was a bygone era.”


By 1960, the campground had become known as Beachlake Trailer Park with over 370 permanent spaces. Most were occupied by   25

renters rather than visitors, which changed the use and feel of the area. The campground fell out of favor with vacationers.


In 1961, the City broke ground on the Oceanside Harbor, making a deal with Zaiser for 30 acres of the Beachlake Camp for Harbor development. By 1964, the remainder of Beachlake Trailer Park was ordered, “vacated”—leaving a temporary ghost town of empty trailers and cabanas. Today Beachlake lives on in the memories of many lucky enough to remember those perfect summers.

For more information about Oceanside’s history, please visit oceansidehistoricalsociety.org.


One of the best springtime activities is exploring the San Luis Rey river bike trail.

There’s something special about springtime here in Oceanside. The smell of clean ocean air and the warm sunshine makes everything come back to life. The hillsides are covered with green grass, and every flower around us is in full bloom. We all seem to come out of hibernation ready to get outside and be active. I think spring puts everybody in a better place—both physically and mentally. This past year has been a real test to our state of mind. The word “stir crazy” is an understatement—to say the least. But now spring is here and just in time to save the day. Oceanside is built for this magical time of year, and with so many options, we here at The Osider have put together a list of fun things to do to get the ball rolling for a Spring Fling of your very own. Enjoy.   27

Coastal Strand Cruise

Almost everyone in Oceanside loves the Coastal cruise and for good reason. Where else can you drive from one end of town to the other along our coastline? Starting at the north end at our harbor, you can see the boats docked and surfers hitting the waves. As you head over the bridge, you’ll see the San Luis Rey River river mouth that houses many endangered bird species. Once you hit the Pier area, you can get even closer as you drop to the Strand—a multi-use road that includes cars, bikes, skateboards, roller skates, joggers, and walkers. The speed limit is only 10mph, but taking your time is the point. The Strand cruise is the best people watching in town, and there are many photo ops like the Pink cottages on the north end. So if you want to see or be seen, the Coastal Strand Cruise is a must. From there, you can continue on to the south end of town where PCH is flanked by large beach homes and small older beach homes, and the picturesque Cassidy Street bridge, which has become quite the landmark of South Oceanside. You can do the whole drive in around fifteen minutes, and it’ll give you a much-needed breather for the rest of your day.

Mission San Luis Rey

Founded in 1798, this beautiful landmark was one of 21 original missions built in California, and is home to a community of Franciscan friars. The largest of the California Missions, MSLR boasts amazing architecture and beautifully manicured gardens—great for a history lesson and amazing photo ops. You can enjoy the coffee shop, check out their gift shop, and take many different tours. For more info, visit their website listed below. Mission San Luis Rey 4050 Mission Avenue sanluisrey.org

Beach Day

There’s nothing better than spending the day at the beach and Oceanside delivers when it comes to our coastline. From the Harbor to the Pier, you can enjoy our sandy paradise. There’s plenty of public parking, shaded picnic areas, and play sets for the younger children—all in the safety of lifeguard’s watchful eyes. You can pack a lunch from home or pick up something to bring along from one of our many coastal establishments. Once you get south of the Pier, the coast becomes a bit more secluded with rock walls and beach homes hiding the beaches. For a low-key outing, the south end of town is the call. Just remember to respect the local crowd and pack your trash. The coast is Oceanside’s calling card and we need to keep it tight for the next generations to come.


Oceanside is a certifiable golf mecca. With four amazing golf courses to choose from, it’s pretty safe to say we have every kind of golf course here. From the fun, relaxing vibes at Emerald Isle and Goat Hill Park, to the posh greens and bunkers at Arrowood, to the local legendary hangout Oceanside Municipal, Oceanside has something to offer every golfer. To have that much diversity in a small town such as ours is amazing, and it’s all part of the fabric that makes up our fine city. Each course offers up a variety of different playing options, so why not play them all? Oceanside Golf Course 825 Douglas Drive (760) 433-1360 playoceansidegolf.com Emerald Isle Golf Course 660 South El Camino Real (760) 721-4700 emeraldislegc.com @emeraldislegolf Goat Hill Park 2323 Goat Hill Drive (760) 433-8590 goathillpark.com @goathillpark Arrowood Golf Course

Arrowood Golf Course 5201 Village Drive (760) 967-8400 arrowoodgolf.com @arrowoodgolfcourse

Go Jump Oceanside

If skydiving is your thing and you want to see Oceanside from above, then Go Jump Oceanside is just what you’re looking for. With a great team of professional skydivers, Go Jump Oceanside has some of the most experienced staff in the industry, and also the friendliest—they’ll give you an experience of a lifetime with an amazing view of our city and beautiful Pacific Ocean. Go Jump Oceanside also offers instructional courses, birthday/bachelor/engagement parties, and much more. So why not head on over, suit up, and get ready to take the plunge of your life! Go Jump Oceanside 480 Airport Road (760) 390-5867 gojump-america.com @gojumpamerica

Fun At The Harbor

The Oceanside Harbor is one of our most beloved treasures, and for good reason. Let’s start with the Cape Cod-inspired fishing village chock full of restaurants, gift shops, and coffee and breakfast locations. What a great place to get some fish and chips, have a date with a view on the magical Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill patio or maybe rub elbows with the locals at Tony’s Bar. The beaches are full of sand and surf, which makes for the perfect beach day. You can also book whale watch excursions, rent a glass bottom boat, kayak or even an SUP to enjoy the Harbor waters with a friend. There are multiple fishing boats available for everything from half-day to multiple-day fishing adventures. Whatever you have in mind—the harbor delivers the goods.


Oceanside is a very bike-friendly town. You can enjoy a ride along the coastal bike route that extends from South O all the way to Oceanside Harbor, or head inland from the Harbor all the way to eastern edge of Oceanside, along the San Luis Rey River trail. For the more adventurous bikers, there are many mountain biking trails to test your skills if you know where to look. So whether you’re looking to burn some carbs or just want to get outside with the family, O’side is the perfect place for a ride.

Wine Tour

Beach House Winery

When it comes to drinking wine in Oceanside, Beach House Winery is usually the first stop. Located on the ridgeline of the “Sleeping Indian,” Beach House Winery is an award winning winery that offers panoramic views of North County and the Pacific Ocean, and it’s the first vineyard “Vigna al Mare” (Vineyard at the Sea) and winery established in Oceanside. BHW’s passion is providing fine wines produced with time-honored processes for all to enjoy. The next stop is Coomber Craft Wines. Located in downtown Oceanside on Mission Avenue, Coomber opened their Oceanside Urban Winery and Tasting Room in 2019, quickly becoming a favorite to locals and visitors alike. It’s a comfortable and inviting—the ideal spot to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening among family and friends. With an outdoor patio stage and live music, Coomber believes that having fun should be part of the experience of drinking great wine. The final stop is Orfila Vineyards Tasting Room & Kitchen. Located just one block from the beach and the Oceanside Pier, Orfila offers a modern, beautifully designed tasting room, featuring rustic accents, local artwork, and a large patio where you can drink and dine with family and friends. Try out some tasting flights of six wines from Orfila’s standard tasting menu, or the Ambassador’s Tasting menu that consists of eight wines selected from both their premium and standard menu and includes keeping the logo souvenir glass. Orfila’s fun and knowledgeable staff look forward to guiding you. Along with their award-winning wines, Orfila also offers small plates, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and delicious daily specials from their onsite kitchen to pair perfectly with their many wine options. Beach House Winery 1534 Sleeping Indian Road (760) 732-3236 beachhousewinery.com @beach_house_winery Coomber Craft Wines 611 Mission Avenue (760) 231-8022 coomberwines.com @coombercraftwinesoceanside Orfila Vineyards Tasting Room & Kitchen 221 North Cleveland Street (760) 755-7040 orfila.com @orfilavineyards

Downtown Food & Drink Crawl

In the last few years, the downtown has been going through an amazing transformation. We now have an amazing array of restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries to choose from. You can easily spend the whole weekend going from place-toplace sampling all we have to offer. Whether it’s an artisan a craft cocktail, live music, or some of the best local beer that ever hit your lips, the downtown area has you covered. You can also hit the Farmer’s Market and the famous Sunset Market as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions loosen up. For more information on the downtown area, check out mainstreetoceanside.com


Prince of Peace Abbey

Oceanside is fairly large city and once you leave the downtown area, you’ll find that we still boast a lot of open and rural terrain to enjoy. Calaveras trails are a great location to get out and get the heart rate pumping. They have many different trails to choose from and have an amazing view from the top of the trailhead overlooking the Carlsbad and south Oceanside horizon. Another great option is Guajome Regional Park, which is another gem to go out and discover. Located just off the 76 Highway, there’s a stellar park with multiple hiking trails and a beautiful lake to enjoy while getting some fresh country air. Our favorite location is the Prince of Peace Abbey. Located just off the 76 Highway a couple miles inland from the coast, this piece of land sits atop the north end of Oceanside and offers a breathtaking view of the Oceanside Harbor and downtown area. This one’s a bit hard to find, but well worth the discovery. There are many more hikes to enjoy here and a quick web search can get you the directions to all of these locations and many more.

South O

As Oceanside continues to grow, the sleepy south end of town has been transformed into a hip stretch of PCH that offers everything from great local bars and restaurants to breakfast staples like Beach Break Café and The Buccaneer Café. Most of the business owners were born and raised here, and it definitely shows with our tight community of characters. From The Privateer to Captain’s Grounds Coffee, you can really feel the local community and how they live. You can also shop everything from surfboards to apothecary and everything in between. Prior to the pandemic, there was also The South O Walkabout, which was a monthly evening with live music, food, and drink specials from the many local establishments. I recommend hitting Anita’s for a margarita and working your way down the block to sample everything from sushi to great vegan fair at The Plot. If you’re from out of town and want to see how the locals do O’side—South O is the place to be.

Bird Watching

Bird watching or “birding” has become more popular over the years as Oceanside is home to a wide variety of bird species that are attracted to its saltwater, freshwater, and brackish water locations. Oceanside is also home to a welcoming and enthusiastic group of “birders” who love to share their knowledge. A quick stop to Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center (located adjacent to the Buena Vista Lagoon) provides an abundance of resources to get started. The Nature Center is a beautiful, two-story building that offers panoramic views of the ocean and the Buena Vista Lagoon, and the staff and volunteers who run it are very helpful. The public is welcome to stop in to enjoy the interpretive displays, kid-friendly educational center, catch a tour, or take part in one of 50 guided bird walks offered each year. The Nature Center will even loan you binoculars and a field guide—the two things needed to start your birding adventure. Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center 2202 South Coast Highway (760) 439-2473 bvaudubon.org


y Showers What is humanity? It’s a noun describing the human race, but it’s also a verb that means “to feel human.” It’s also associated with adjectives, such as “compassion,” “brotherly love,” and “kindness.” Everyday routines like eating meals, putting on clean clothes, taking care of hygiene, and taking a shower all put humanity into our human lives. It’s when those “normal” routines are removed, the loss of dignity can be all too real. Oceanside is populated with many that have fallen on hard times, and their daily activities do not guarantee warm meals, safe harbor, or even a shower. Thankfully, there’re those in our community that see the unseen, and demonstrate brotherly love for their fellow humans as demonstrated by the compassionate and kind organization, Humanity Showers.

Humanity Showers is a grassroots, 100% volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Oceanside run by professional photographer Jordan Verdin. In 2014, Jordan began photographing people experiencing homelessness and shared their story on social media and also at art shows. The poetically documented stories are raw and heartbreaking, and too many of the stories begin with a loss of love and support at a young age. The portraits and stories dictate the tale of dignity lost to homelessness and life on the street. Jesse’s story, age twenty, appears on the website, where he insightfully advocates, “Homelessness isn’t always a choice. Some people are prone or forced into it. We’re human, too; we’re in pain. Some of us have no one. Be considerate and loving—maybe that one time you’re kind and smile can help propel someone into recovery. The butterfly effect.” Among the 300 clients photographed, the number-one request to find dignity and humanity was a hot shower. Therefore, in 2018, after four years of active GoFundMe campaigns, Jordan fundraised enough money to purchase a shower trailer, and named the newly formed non-profit, Humanity Showers. “We’re here because we want to be here. It’s not a job. We’re here because we think everyone deserves dignity,” explained Jordan. The Humanity Showers success stories include “Road Dogs” Danny and Brett. Both men experienced homelessness and were on the streets together for approximately three years, and both have been off the street over

"Humanity Showers provides mobile showers and semipermanent showers for communities lacking access to hygiene. They aim to provide a clean space where people feel welcome, secure, and empowered” a year, sober, and volunteering with Humanity Showers every single week. On a crisp, sunny winter day in downtown Oceanside in The Potter’s House parking lot, the community of Oceanside showed up for Humanity Showers morning’s activities. There’s a community conversation tent, this space is used effectively. “If anyone legitimately wants to get off the streets, we’ll commit to them. We’ll build a relationship. We’ll

set a plan,” said Jordan. Coffee and food are provided by local activist Sunny Soto, a chef at Pacific Coast Spirits. The barber station is run by Filoso Barbershop in Vista. There’s a toiletry/hygiene tent run by volunteers that work at Oceanside Kitchen Collaborative. There’s also a table of donated clothes and shoes. Oscar Ortega from Lived Experiences was present as well. Members of Exodus were there, too. The wrap-around services are volunteers in the Continued on page 38

All subjects gave verbal consent for Jordan Verdin with Humanity Showers to share their stories and images.

Brett “My name is Brett, and I’m 56 years old. I’ve been homeless off and on since 2012. I became homeless due to health issues. Before I was homeless, I worked in construction. Finding a place to sleep, clean up, and eat are my most significant needs. My dream is not to be homeless anymore. I want people to know that we aren’t all bad people; we are just without houses. When you see us, don’t cross the street, we notice that kind of stuff.” Brett was the first person to shower at Humanity Showers. In December 2020, Brett celebrated one year off the street and now lives in Fallbrook. Brett currently volunteers weekly with Humanity Showers and is continuing his path towards healing.

Juan “My name is Juan. I’ve been on the streets for sixteen months now; this is my first time being homeless. Don’t judge a book by its cover. You never know the day you may be in our shoes; you have people from all walks of life who have experienced financial difficulties. Two years ago, my son died in a motorcycle accident. I’m the one that helped him get the motorcycle. Before that, I lost my dad. I picked up the bottle, and alcoholism hit me. I was in a treatment center, but I relapsed, and that’s what brought me to the streets. Alcohol is my kryptonite—it’s ruined and destroyed my life. What brings me happiness in life is feeling accomplished that I did something every day, not only for myself, but also for others who are in need just as much as I am. That brings me a lot of gratitude.”

Louie “My name is Louie and I’m homeless. Never look at someone and say that homeless person is a waste of life or time. You don’t know where they came from or what they went through to be where they are now. A lot of people were someone. Like me, I did mortgages and loans for over fifteen years—I ran an office of fifteen agents. I bought a house when the market was big, and when the market fell out—I lost my home. I went through having no money. I tried to keep my faith, but the money ran out, and I ended up becoming homeless. The world just turned upside down on me, and I wasn’t prepared for it. Many people are only one paycheck away from losing it all. Homelessness has taught me this one thing—you can enjoy your life, and you don’t need all the money in the world to do it. You need to understand that your life is important and precious. You only got this one life. Enjoy it.”

Pj “My name is Pamela Jeane—PJ for short. My physical disability is what led me to the streets; I was diagnosed with a collapsing spine. The struggle I have with severe chronic pain is the most challenging aspect of being out here. I have to balance the pain while being on the streets. It’s hard with the weather when it’s cold. People think we’re all just scummy drug addicts who have no goals, desires, and good thoughts—or that we don’t want to work or contribute. For me, it’s the contrary. Sometimes, just surviving is a job on its own. Please take a minute to walk a mile in our shoes; see what we go through and our situation. I like helping others. My dream is to open a nonprofit that will provide services for people with disabilities.”

Katalina “My name is Katalina. I’m 50 and a mother of five. I’m homeless not because I choose to be. It’s a choice for some people, but for some of us—it’s not. It’s just the way things happened. Believe me, I’d give my right arm to get out of it. This is not exactly where I wanted to be at 50. I’ve never been homeless before in my life. My husband and I are not drug addicts. We aren’t criminals—we just wanted everybody to know. Don’t look at us like we are the big bad bear—we’re not, we’re just sheep trying to live.”

Danny “My name is Danny. I’m 60 years old, and I’ve been homeless for about three years. I don’t drink, and I don’t do drugs. Before I was out here, I had a really good job, but I left it. I was struggling with depression and couldn’t do it anymore, so I went to the streets. To me, the toughest part about being homeless is not being able to get a good night’s rest. My dream is to get off the street and maybe get into a shelter. I can’t see further than that right now; I’m just taking it one step at a time.” Danny was the second person to use Humanity Showers. In December 2020, he celebrated one year off the street and now lives in Fallbrook. Danny volunteers every day with at Humanity Showers outreach events. Danny is currently focusing on improving his health.

Michael “My name is Michael. I’m 63 years old. I currently live in my car. I’ve been out here for the last two years. What makes me happy is being around people, and saying “hi” to everyone in the morning. God made everyone for a reason, and I think you should be good to everybody regardless of his or her situation. People experiencing homelessness are ordinary people. Some of them had unfortunate things happen, and that’s their journey. With rent being so expensive here, many people can’t afford it. What people need out here is security, mental health, and love— everyone needs love.”

Onyx “My name is Onyx. I’m just a fun-loving chef. I like to cook and spread my love through food. My nickname is “Cupcake.” I got a pastry and arts degree. I was the third chef for team dining on the Jacksonville Jaguars football team. I got to travel with them. I was exposed to more than sports teams, a lot of events, and famous people. What led me to be homeless was having an abusive husband. I had to get myself out of that situation, which meant fleeing thousands of miles away and leaving everything behind. Not having a job ate up my savings. Things happen in people’s lives that may result from them being homeless—it’s not always what people may think. Have a little more heart. Take a moment of your life and get to know your community or befriend a person experiencing homelessness. Some people get caught up in their everyday rituals like repeat itinerary. You’ll have an entirely new manner of thinking and probably try to become a part of the solution.”



“My name is Diana, and I’m 61 years old. I have been homeless for a little over a year now. We always try to make sure that we don’t leave trash behind and aren’t looting people’s property. We don’t have anywhere to go. We sleep in our truck. My dream is to get out of the truck and find some little place to rent. People don’t understand that it’s not easy. Just to be able to sit somewhere and belong—having somewhere to belong is important. We don’t become homeless by choice. I got evicted from my house because I ran out of money, and it’s hard to find somewhere to live when you have no money.”


“My name is Rodney and I’m 56 years old. I’m a child of God. I love people and I want to help them more than I want to help myself. Every time I wake up and see another day is a blessed day. It makes me happy because I know that I have a chance to make it. Five years ago, before I became homeless, I was a certified chef. I cooked all my life. My father was a cook—I love to cook. I would love to own a restaurant, Louisiana style food. That’s my dream. If people gave us a chance, we’d make it. Drug use is the most challenging part of being on the street—you got it all out here. Many people use drugs to stay up or when we get cold. Lately, it’s been even harder out here with COVID-19. We got to do what we got to do—we need money for clothes, hygiene, and food. It’s hard to get resources or keep any hope.”


“My name is Tom. I’m 62 years old. Extreme sports make me happy. When I was younger, I was a pro skateboarder. I loved skating in swimming pools. In 1977, I was featured in Skateboarder Magazine. My downfall in my life was my drug use. I’ve used dope pretty much all my life. I’ve been off-and-on the streets for ten years. My drug use has led me to lose jobs and housing. The most difficult thing about being on the street is being looked down upon by everybody. I know some people give the homeless a bad name by making messes, but whenever I lay my head somewhere, I make sure that it’s cleaner than before I got there. People look down on you like you are a loser. Have some compassion. They think homelessness can never happen to them, but it could. Maybe you’re just a car accident or an illness in the family away from where we are. My dream is to get back into a place. I’m tired of being on the street—it’s been cold, and it’s tough on the body.”   37

“My name is Nikkie and I’ve been homeless since 2014, but I’m a pretty cool person. I’m loyal and committed— just a little disappointed about the way things turned out. I became homeless due to financial strain. I divorced my husband and relocated to San Diego. My child support had not kicked in, so I ended up on the street with my children. I couldn’t provide a place for my children and I to live, so I lost them. We lived in two different shelters. Losing my kids has put a huge mental strain on me. My kids are everything to me. Family makes me happy in life—the structure, soundness, and foundation of it. That’s straight from the heart. A lifelong dream of mine is to own something. I’ve owned a car before, but I’d like to own a business. Another dream of mine would be to sit by Oprah and for her to acknowledge me.”

Humanity Showers Dignity on the streets

Chef Sunny Soto of Sunny Street Outreach serves up delicious hot meals every week.

community, supporting people that are lacking a community—but building one together. Since its inception and roll-out, Jordan estimates over 500 showers have been provided. As the non-profit grows, so do the wrap-around support services provided to the clients. When clients arrive for a shower, they receive tangible commodities such as food, coffee, clothes, and toiletries. However, the intangible necessities of community, and love are provided, as well— the unseen components of humanity lost from life on the streets. By coming together to take a shower, “the unseen” are seen. There’s no obligation for clients— Jordan’s unassuming ministry is the belief that God is Love, and by taking care of his fellow human beings, he’s demonstrating God’s Love. Quite noticeably, the barber tent was pumping

and Angel Ortiz with Filoso Barbershop is proud of his barbers giving high-quality haircuts. With a heavy Puerto Rican accent, Angel explained, “I went through some stuff, and I was homeless. Now I’m blessed to work with Humanity Showers and give back.” Chuy Filoso continued, “Today, we gave 25 haircuts. I get goosebumps when I see the smile on the recipient. We do whatever they want. We want to make them feel like they’re in a barber shop—like they’re human. A shower and a haircut is everything.” With fundraising and continued support, Jordan recently unveiled the new six-stall Humanity Showers trailer in February 2021. The trailer can provide up to 24 showers an hour. With the bigger trailer, Jordan’s goal is to provide showers and community, five-days-a-week throughout San Diego County. Humanity Showers provides 38

mobile showers and semi-permanent showers for communities lacking access to hygiene. They aim to provide a clean space where people feel welcome, secure, and empowered. With well over 600 homeless in Oceanside alone, the need is great. “ We’re here to love the community. Eliminate barriers. Dismantle stigmas and stereot ypes. Build a bridge to see the humanity,” implored Jordan.

For more info on Humanity Showers, please visit humanityshowers.org or you can follow them @humanityshowers on Instagram

Vista's Filoso Barbershop donating their time to give haircuts.





When you’re raised in Oceanside, there’s a special magnetic force that always seems be calling us back to our roots. For Olivia Oleson, that’s exactly what happened to her. Brought up in South Oceanside by her parents, Mark and Misty, as they have been running their business Oleson Construction here for over 42 years. Alongside her brother Bret, she attended South Oceanside Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and eventually, Oceanside High School. While there, she participated in in multiple school programs including tennis, concert band, and dance team. After high school, Olivia set out to continue her education at UC Davis in Northern California, where she graduated with a double

major in English and a minor in Sociology. Olivia loved being up north, but home was always calling her back. It seems that special magnetic force was pulling her back to her Oceanside roots. Once home, she spent the next several years getting back to her true love of dance. She’s studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical theatre—just to name a few. It seems that getting back to her love of her hometown and dance was meant to be. In 2017, Olivia and her best friend Jessica Smith opened up Cadence Dance Project. Their mission statement is to “Dance With Purpose,” meaning that they teach their students to utilize dance to give back, as well as stay healthy and 40

fit. Cadence is constantly doing performances to give back to many local causes. Olivia stated that growing up here is an honor and giving the next generation a sense of empowerment to follow their passions is what it’s all about. Helping the youth recognize that they’re able to create change through small acts in the community will help Oceanside continue to thrive. Olivia loves Oceanside for its strong sense of community and is truly honored to be a part of shaping the next generation of Osiders in a positive way. Well stated, Olivia. The next generation is in good hands. For more info, follow @cadencedanceproject on Instagram




Pottery is a delicate and fragile practice—it’s where all the details count. From throwing the clay on the potter’s wheel to shaping and carving with intricate tools (plus, a handful of other detailed steps), pottery is nothing short of meticulous. “It’s a good artistry because it’s functional,” said Oceanside ceramist John Jaspert. “It’s a dying art, but it’s easy to learn.” After stepping into his studio and getting a glimpse of what it takes to create one of his art pieces, it’s safe to say John is equally humble as he is talented. Covered in clay like it’s part of his

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wardrobe, it’s clear that passion has accelerated his craft from an ordinary high school elective to a full-blown profession—in just a few years. “I took a ceramics class at El Camino, and once I threw on the potter’s wheel, I fell in love with it,” John said. “I would sneak out of class to go to ceramics and throw on the wheel any chance I got.” Sparking passion and an untapped vault of creativity, John’s knack for pottery grew into a self-taught venture. When school couldn’t teach him more advanced pottery techniques, he turned to YouTube to learn how to spin pots and vases. 42

“After high school, I bought a wheel for my house and took one class at Mira Costa, but they weren’t teaching what I wanted to learn. A lot of what I know is from trial and error, and YouTube,” explained John. Trial and error is more of an understatement. With an unwavering commitment to quality, John says he’s broken thousands of pots just to make a couple hundred. “I want to continue to make pottery as an art form,” John said. “Everything is hand crafted and unique. I never want to mass produce anything.” At just 22 years old, John’s now creating

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pottery full time, and business is booming. Partnering up with local artist Chase Hartman, the two have collaborated in a way that encompasses both of their artistries— John doing his magic on the potter’s wheel, and Chase etching his art on anything and everything John shapes. “I’ve always been interested in different mediums of expressing my art, so it was really only a matter of time before we started working together,” said Chase. “But, it’s crazy. Working together has really pushed us both, and it’s so rad to see what all of this has grown into.” You may have seen their mugs at some places around town at The Cup, Seahive, or Seaborne. If not, then it may be because they sell out so fast. While their mugs are definitely a hot commodity, most of their schedule is booked with custom orders. They recently signed to produce

water pitchers with Urban Water and still find time to create some undeniably amazing art together. “Honestly, it all just started with him painting one pot and now we’re here,” John said. “I never considered someone doing art on my pots, but when I saw Chase’s art, I loved it. I thought it was so rad,” John said. Having only worked together for a year, it’s surprising what they have been able to accomplish. Their pieces range from functional, like plates, cups, and jewelry holders, to incredibly stunning art pieces sprawled across beautifully shaped pots and vases. Between the creativity and attention to detail that goes behind John’s pottery and Chase’s art, it’s clear these guys have tapped into something extraordinary. As business continues to pick up, John and Chase are committed now more than ever to   43

sustain the quality of their art pieces. While the two are practically at capacity in their shed-turnedstudio, they continue to keep up with demand while embracing growth and feeling hopeful for the future. “It all started in this shed,” said John. Eventually, we’ll need more space, but for right now we’re focused on growing organically and keeping up quality as much as we can.”

You can check out more of John’s (@jaspertpottery) and Chase’s (@hartchaseman) artwork on Instagram. Shoot them a direct message or an email at jaspertpottery@gmail.com to inquire about custom orders, purchasing a piece, or setting up a private pottery lesson.

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If you’re anything like me, representing your city is something that we do here with pride. There’re a lot of people out there cashing in on the Oceanside name these days, but how many people can actually say they were born and raised here and deserve to create a brand straight form the source? Enter brothers Andres and Daniel Ximenez who grew up in the Posole neighborhood on the Eastside. Andres started making and selling T-shirts at age fifteen, while his older brother Daniel went to school and graduated from USC with a BA in Film and Television, and UCLA with a BA in ethnic studies. Raised by their parents who owned Soccer Mexico, which was a retail booth inside the now defunct Mission Marketplace and now it’s a retail

storefront in Vista. So when Daniel returned, it was time to combine Andres’ love for designing clothing that represents Oceanside and Daniel’s film and production skills to form MadStrange. On the production side, Daniel works with local artist Dezzy Hollow on his music and video production and Andres concentrates on clothing design and production. Their retail space located just across from Oceanside High offers the latest hats, shirts, and hoodies that all bear the Oceanside namesake. Everything’s made in-house where they also produce Dezzy’s music and video projects—it’s a perfect match. Clothing that reps the city along with music that is their soundtrack of life here in the O. You can check out Dezzy’s latest album, 48

Can U Handle The Funk? On all streaming platforms and his their latest video Reporting Live From Oceanside on youtube.com. So next time you find yourself wanting to rep our amazing city, drop by MadStrange, cop a new hat or T-shirt, hop in the ride, and hit The Strand bumping the newest Dezzy Hollow album. Trust me, the rest will fall into place. Oside or Noside. MadStrange 1014 Mission Avenue (760) 277-1350 madstrange.com @madstrange

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Undefeated professional boxer Kyle Erwin sparing with twotime California Golden Glove Champion Hunter Williams.

Owners Sandra and Brian Nevarez

Kyle Erwin workin' the bags.

This year has been especially hard on small businesses in Oceanside, and Sandra and Brian Nevarez have definitely overcome many adversities to keep their gym and their dreams alive. In August, the Oceanside natives had to unexpectedly relocate their gym after five years and juggle the ever-changing safety rules and guidelines to open back up in a new and beautiful workplace on South Coast Highway. Brian’s been training and competing in boxing his whole life with his father Bernie, and has passed on his love for the sport to his wife Sandra “My coaches have taught me everything I know about the sweet science, and I have them to thank for finding my passion in boxing,” said Brian. At first glance, you can feel the energy and see the determination in the students—which is intoxicating. They offer 100 classes a month that include

beginning and max levels for all age groups, so there’s definitely something for everyone. One of the great things about these classes is that beginner and advanced students train with each other and are helping one another to keep one cohesive group—just like a family. They train amateur and professional boxers, and even have fight teams. In these classes, you can burn up to a 1,000 calories, so be sure to drink lots of water. This is definitely a total body workout—not just fighting. When you look around and talk to the students, you’ll find many reasons why they enjoy this sort of workout—whether it’s self-defense, or maintaining a certain level of health. At Nevarez Boxing, they also like to give a lot back to the community—one of which is with the Resilience760 program. This program deals with formerly incarcerated youths and gives them a 50

chance to train, learn, and transform into better young citizens. This mentoring program is on the frontlines with “at risk” youths and helps show them that there’s hope and there are people who are willing to give them a chance in life to keep them on the right track. Sandra and Brian are what Oceanside is all about. It’s about following your dreams with friends and loved ones, and also giving back to our community, so the next generation can succeed. If you’re looking for a great way to get in shape with some awesome people, go checkout Nevarez Boxing. Sandra and Brian—along with their amazing staff—are waiting for you. Nevarez Boxing 111 South Coast Highway (760) 687-8101 nevarezboxing.com @nevarezboxing

Dining: Inland THE OSIDER MARCH/APRIL 2021

Chicken & Lamb Skewer Plate

Shami Kabob Plate

Freshly made Afghan Bread


Owner Qamar Jabarkhiel and his son Jalal.

The word “mena” means love in the Pashto language. Hospitality in the Afghan culture is a core principle and priority. Qamar Jabarkhiel and his son Jalal, the owners of Mena’s Afghan Kabob, are the personification of this hospitality and love. Mix those two components with traditional family recipes, and the most incredible blends of Middle Eastern flavors—welcome to the first Afghan restaurant in Oceanside and North San Diego County. Brave and humble in his spirit and demeanor, Qamar, a first generation immigrant and Afghan/American has served our country as a contracted Military Advisor and Teacher. He’s now serving our community in a different and wonderful way with the most wholesome and sensational food. In Afghanistan, kabobs are a luxury food, yet the Jabarkhiel duo is making these delicacies available and accessible to and for everyone, for everyday feasting. As COVID-19 bear’s its fangs, small and new businesses like Mena’s continue to navigate the challenges, all while showing their mighty resilience. “The positive,” shared Jabarkhiel “is that the small amount of customers that come here are extremely happy—the mayor of Oceanside has come here a few times and was very helpful. They (the local government) has encouraged us to apply for grants and given us some support.”

This kind of support, over and over again proves to be a foundational pillar of this fabulous Oceanside community. Spending time at Camp Pendleton training soldiers and teaching Marines, Qamar grew a fondness and familiarity with Oceanside. In 2019, he decided to move his family away from his long time home on the East Coast and out west to this coastal paradise. With the desire to start a family business, a restaurant, sharing hospitably and food—two things woven deeply into the fabric of his cultural background—seemed only natural, and to do all this in a military town with a close proximity with many Marines with whom he’s spent years building relationships is even better. With generous portions and quality secondto -none, Mena’s Afghan Kabob is a mouthwatering explosion. Boasting health-forward fresh and delicious flavors and spices (spices that have been included in traditional recipes for generations) like turmeric, ginger, coriander, cumin, and curry, etc. are all prepared in house. Not a pinch of love is spared in creating their plates and dishes. The meat for their house made Kabobs is Halal—meaning that only the finest cuts of pure beef, chicken, and lamb (no other animal byproducts) are used in preparation. It’s hormone, antibiotic free, and ground in 52

house to ensure the finest quality product to serve to you. They serve a variety of dishes including beef, lamb, and chicken kabobs, a chicken plate, and also a veggie plate loaded with the most savory spices, and playful combinations of chickpeas, spinach, cauliflower or potatoes. All their menu offerings include heaping portions of traditional Afghan rice and freshly prepared naan-style bread served warm and toasted to perfection. Although their shopping center storefront is unassuming, their food—healthy, fresh and created from their heart—is a beautiful offering with flavors that are both filling and satisfying. In a time when community’s so necessary and celebrated, and food and diversity are foundations—come stop by Mena’s Afghan Kabob. Visit Qamar and his son Jalal. They’re open seven days a week and waiting for you with an abundance of hospitality, food, and (as they boast in the restaurant’s name) love. Mena’s Afghan Kabob 4111 Oceanside Boulevard Suite 102 (760) 295-6005 menasafghankabob.com @menasafghankabob







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Raspberry Pistachio Campfire Strawberry Shortcake

Blueberry Hill

French Toast Acai Bowl


Ahh—the sweet undeniable smell of freshly made doughnuts. It’s definitely one of the hardest things on earth to resist, and temptation for sugary and frosted decadence abounds at Parlor Doughnuts. Warning: Get too close to the wafting goodness, and you’ll surely get sucked in. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Pier on Cleveland Street, the husband and wife team of Taylor and Noah Hayden opened Parlor Doughnuts last Halloween. Needless to say, they were a big hit. And they still are. From day one, it’s been mass mayhem as long lines in the morning can attest to that statement. People here simply love their doughnuts—and for good reason. “My dad Darrick and I would travel around the US and try the best of the best. We found that a certain type of dough is what we leaned on for what we liked best out of doughnuts. That’d be buttery, kind of more flakey-layered—where you look inside and see there’s this dense air pocket. That to us is what makes a really great doughnut,” explained Noah. “We recognized that there are a lot of places doing really good traditional yeast and cake doughnut options, but we wanted to do something totally different. We call it “layered dough”—meaning that it’s layered in butter. It’s very sweet on the inside and crispy on the outside.”

It’s mainly all doughnuts at Parlor, and with around 25 different flavor options on hand at anytime, you can simply try a few to find your very own personal favorite(s). Popular flavors include Blueberry Hill, Strawberry Shortcake, Campfire, French Toast (my personal favorite), Raspberry Pistachio, Cookies & Cream, Chunky Monkey, Bourbon Caramel, Maple Pecan, and Chocolate Chocolate—just to name a few, and there’s gluten-free, Keto, and vegan options available as well. And yes, there are other menu options besides doughnuts. They serve acai bowls, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and super yummy almond butter or avocado toast. There’s also coffee roasting on site with Proper Coffee Roasters, enabling them to serve up some amazingly fresh seasonal lattes (maple brown sugar is a banger) and filtered coffee from far away places like El Salvador and Brazil. Oh, and they even make doughnuts for your dog—100percent natural and completely grain free. All in all, if you call yourself a Doughnut Aficionado, then it’s a must to get yourself on over to Parlor Doughnuts for a small batch of some of the best doughnuts you’ve ever tasted in your life. 54

(L to R): Darius Farmer, Owner Noah Hayden, and Matthew Lopez

Parlor Doughnuts 331 North Cleveland Street (760) 231-5150 parlordoughnuts.com @parlordoughnut

Dining: Inland THE OSIDER MARCH/APRIL 2021


Enzo’s Supreme Roman Flatbread Pizza WORDS: JAMEY STONE PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER

Enzo’s Manhandler: Zesty Hot Link Sausage, Smoked Brisket, Hellfire Pickle Chips

Mushroom Pappardelle Pasta

If you love good BBQ as much I do, then you’ve probably heard of Enzo’s BBQ Ale House. Originally opened in 2006, Enzo previously ran his business in a tiny space in the strip mall on the corner of College and Oceanside Boulevard. The space was very small, but the beers were always cold and the food was amazing. Fast-forward to August 2020: Enzo moved his location just across the same parking lot to the much larger building originally built for the pizza chain Shakey’s. The building is at least five times bigger than the old location, which enabled him to expand both his menu and bar—it went from seven taps to now offering 30 different beers to wet your whistle. They do carry a few local brewers, but being from Italy, Enzo has focused on great Euro imports. The wine selection is on point, and he now offers cocktails and liquor to boot. But the real star here at Enzo’s is the amazing menu. The BBQ is top notch, and with the bigger kitchen, he’s been able to expand their menu into

his Italian roots, offering multiple pasta dishes and his special Roman flatbread pizzas. The dough is made with imported flour from Italy, and the special four-day fermentation process creates a crispy-yet-soft and airy bite. The diverse menu options coupled with the bar and large space, make this a perfect location for large events or parties. You can call in and reserve a private room on their outdoor patio to accommodate any special occasion. Now open seven days a week from 11am to 9:30pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 10:30pm Friday and Saturday, it’s always good to see a small business like Enzo’s BBQ Ale House continue to grow and thrive—especially in these tough times. I guess that’s a true testament to the all of the love and hard work Enzo has put into his restaurant. So go check them out—I mean, where else can you have BBQ and Italian food at this level at the same location? And remember to tell them that The Osider sent you his way. 56

Owner Enzo Mistretta

Enzo’s BBQ Ale House 4111 Oceanside Boulevard (760) 643-9602 enzosbbq.com @enzosbbqalehouse



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Bar & Restaurant Guide THE OSIDER MARCH/APRIL 2021

AFGHAN MENA'S AFGHAN KABOB 4111 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-6005 BAKERIES/DONUTS 101 BAGELS & SUBS 323 North Coast Hwy. (760) 421-6555 HILL STREET DONUT HOUSE 1926 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-7741 LA PERLA TAPATIA 1910 Mission Ave. (760) 721-8486 LE RENDEZ-VOUS FRENCH BAKERY 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 414-9109 MISSION DONUT HOUSE 1502 Mission Ave. (760) 757-2979 MR. DONUTS 1950 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 967-6508 O'SIDE BAKERY 3815 Mission Ave. Suite 101 (760) 305-9500 PETITE MADELINE BAKERY 223 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-7300 PARLOR DOUGHNUTS 331 N Cleveland St. (760) 231-5150 SAM’S DONUT SHOP 3504 College Blvd. Suite A (760) 945-0416 SK’S DONUTS 1129 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-0455 SAN LUIS REY BAKERY & RESTAURANT 490 North El Camino Real (760) 433-7242 BAR AND GRILLS 19TEN OCEANSIDE 1910 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 730-5199

DVS CORK & TAP 560 Greenbrier Drive (760)-231-6377 THE DRAFT RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-4700 FAIRWAYS KITCHEN & BAR 5201 Village Drive (760) 967-8400 FAT JOE’S O’SIDE 424 S Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5637 IRINA’S BAR & GRILL 3375 Mission Ave. (760) 433-5086 JUNKYARD GRILL & SPORTS BAR 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-6600 MISSION AVE. BAR & GRILL 711 Mission Ave. (760) 637–2222

MISS KIM'S BY THAT BOY GOOD 207 N Coast Hwy. (760) 433-4227 THAT BOY GOOD 326 North Horne Street (760) 754-1275 BREAKFAST DINERS AND CAFÉS 101 CAFÉ 631 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5220 BEACHBREAK CAFÉ 1802 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-6355 beachbreakcafe.net COME ON OVER CAFÉ 2405 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 201-3393 THE BROKEN YOLK CAFE 2434 Vista Way (760) 967-9655 THE BREAKFAST MUG 1401 South El Camino Real (760) 231-1010

BREWERIES/TAP ROOMS BAGBY BEER COMPANY 601 South Coast Hwy.. (760) 270-9075 BARREL REPUBLIC 215 North Coast Hwy. (760) 435-0042 BELCHING BEAVER BREWERY 1334 Rocky Point Drive (760) 599-5832 BLACK PLAGUE BREWING 2550 Jason Court (760) 631-8110 BOOZE BROTHERS BREWERY 606 Mission Ave. (760) 385-3973 BREAKWATER BREWING 101 North Coast Hwy. (760) 433-6064 CRAFT COAST BREWING 275 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1432

BUCCANEER CAFÉ 1508 South Pacific Street (760) 966-1804

KILOWATT BREWING OCEANSIDE TAPROOM & PROVISIONS 406 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1997 kilowatt.beer

DON’S COUNTRY KITCHEN 1938 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-7337

LEGACY BREWING CO. 363 Airport Road (760) 705-3221

RED ROOSTER 1985 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 754-8383

ELENA'S CAFE FRENCH CREPES 511 Pier View Way (240) 644-3205

NORTHERN PINE BREWING 326 N. Horne St. (760) 754-1434

ROOKIE’S SPORTS GRILL 2216 South El Camino Real (760) 757-1123

GRANDMA’S RESTAURANT 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd (760) 757-8777

OCEANSIDE BREWING COMPANY 312-314 Via Del Norte (760) 453-7900

TONY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 274 South Harbor Drive (760) 433-8466

HARBOR HOUSE CAFÉ 714 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-2254

POUR HOUSE 1903 South Coast Hwy. (760) 730-5944


LE CITRON 524 S Coast Hwy (760) 696-3737

STONE COMPANY STORE 310 North Tremont Street (760) 529-0002

MARY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 307 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-3052

TAP THAT 3207 Roymar Road Suite E (760) 433-4827

START FRESH CAFÉ 1034 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-7940


OSIDE SPORTSBAR & GRILL 113 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5968 PACIFIC COAST SPIRITS 404 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-7150 PCH SPORTS BAR & GRILL 1835 South Coast Hwy. (760) 721-3955

ENZO'S BBQ & ALEHOUSE 4111 Oceanside Boulevard (760) 643-9602 FELIX’S BBQ WITH SOUL 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 439-7072 GUAHAN GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 806-4826 PRIMO FOODS 606 Morse Street (760) 439-8711

STRATFORD AT THE HARBOR 280 South Harbor Drive (760) 453-2073 SWAMI’S CAFÉ 202 North Coast Hwy. (760) 966-1203

ANGELO’S BURGERS 621 North Coast Hwy. (760) 757-5161 ANGELO’S BURGERS 1050 South Coast Hwy. (760) 757-4064

ANGELO’S BURGERS 2035 South Coast Hwy. (760) 757-4064

BROWN CUP 401 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-7968

REVOLUTION ROASTERS 1836 South Coast Hwy. (760) 529-9736

ROSEWOOD KITCHEN 608 Mission Ave. (760) 231-5886

THE HABIT BURGER GRILL 2267 South El Camino Real (760) 433-3390

TZONE 318 Pier View Way (760) 299-5678



PAUL’S PLACE 3671 Mission Ave. (760) 721-0124

CAMP COFFEE COMPANY 101 N Cleveland Street (442) 266-2504

ANGRY CHICKZ 612 Mission Ave.

IRINA’S BAR & GRILL 3375 Mission Ave. (760) 433-5086

PIT STOP DINER 3825 Mission Ave. (760) 901-4299

CAPTAIN’S GROUNDS COFFEE 1832 South Coast Hwy. (760) 522-4271

RUBY’S DINER 1 Oceanside Pier (760) 433-7829 TY’S BURGER HOUSE 515 Mission Street (760) 757-5890 CHINESE CHIN’S SZECHWAN CUISINE 4140 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-4808 CHINA FUSION 4225 Oceanside Blvd (760) 726-8888 CHU’S QUIK WOK 815 College Blvd. (760) 726-7771 GREAT WOK OF CHINA 4635 Frazee Road (760) 439-8939

THE CUP 206 Wisconsin Ave. (760) 231-9817 EVERBOWL 2535 Vista Way (760) 754-1572 JB JUICE & COFFEE 4635 Frazee Road (760) 529-0807 JITTERS COFFEE PUB 510 North Coast Hwy. (760) 967-7886 KONA HUT 1940 South Freeman Street (760) 757-7873 LIVING TEA BREWERY & TASTING ROOM 302 Wisconsin Ave (760) 231-9986

PICK UP STIX 125 Old Grove Road (760) 967-4081

LOLLICUP 4121 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-0824

QUIK WOK 2184 Vista Way (760) 439-2228

NAUTICAL BEAN COFFEE CO. 240 Harbor Drive South (760) 722-4851

THE MANDARIN 1058 Mission Ave. (760) 439-0288

PANELS COMIC BOOK COFFEE BAR 713 Mission Ave. Suite A (760) 696-3276

COFFEE/TEA BANANA DANG 115 South Coast Hwy. (760) 846-0162 BLISS TEA & TREATS 301 Mission Ave. (442) 500-4796 BLACK ROCK COFFEE BAR 1918 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-7133 BOUND COFFEE COMPANY 2110 S Coast Hwy Suite C (442) 266-2259

PIER VIEW COFFEE COMPANY 300 Pier View Way (760) 966-1150

101 BAGELS & SUBS 323 North Coast Hwy. (760) 421-6555 BEACH HUT DELI 280 Mission Ave. (760) 529-9767 BOARD & BREW 2213 S El Camino Real Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 688-9217 THE CHEESESTEAK GRILL 1771 South Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-0077 CREAM OF THE CROP 2009 South Coast Hwy. (760) 433-2757 creamofthecropnatural.com HARBOR PELICAN 1380 North Pacific Street (760) 722-5853 I LOVE BAGELS CAFE 3910 Vista Way (760) 945-3838 I LOVE BAGELS CAFE 4101 Avenida Del Oro (760) 216-6611 SUBMARINA 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 945-7840 Z-MARKET 3200 Mission Ave. (760) 967-2184 FILIPINO MISSION ASIAN MARKET 3320 Mission Avenue (760) 722-8024 GASTROPUB

SAN DIEGO COFFEE TEA & SPICE 1722 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-8001

FLYING PIG PUB & KITCHEN 626 South Tremont Street (760) 453-2940


LOCAL TAP HOUSE 308 South Coast Hwy. (760) 547-1469

TAPIOCA EXPRESS 2611 Vista Way (760) 722-8279

MASTERS KITCHEN AND COCKTAIL 208 South Coast Hwy. (760) 231-6278   59

HAWAIIAN HOMESTYLE HAWAIIAN 1950 Oceanside Blvd. Suite R (760) 696-3030 L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 726-0888 MAUI HAWAIIAN BBQ 2455 Vista Way (760) 722-8383 OHANA HAWAIIAN BBQ 459 College Blvd. (760) 630-6800 THE SWITCHBOARD 131 South Coast Hwy. (442) 266-2781 ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT BASKIN ROBBINS 1112 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-0654 DISFRUTA 610 N Redondo Drive (760) 583-5681 FRUGOS YOGURT 3509 Cannon Road (760) 732-1000 FUGU TAIYAKI 410 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3366 LA MICHOACANA PLUS 1060 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3602 MENCHIE'S FROZEN YOGURT 2525C Vista Way (760) 730-5728 NANA AND POP’S SWEET SHOP 280 Harbor Drive (760) 722-1723 OCEAN RAINBOW 3784 Mission Ave. (760) 435-0750 RED CUP FROZEN YOGURT 301 Mission Ave. (760) 637-2189 RICOS ANTOJITOS 3753 Mission Ave. (760) 231-7793

Bar & Restaurant Guide

KILLER PIZZA FROM MARS 3772 Mission Ave. (760) 722-6060

KAMPAI SUSHI 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 757-1484

WU LAN RAMEN TAP HOUSE 4645 Frazee Road Suite F (760) 453-7526

KNOCKOUT PIZZA 401 Mission Ave. (760) 722-8888 kopizza.com

KYOTO'S JAPANESE MARKET 559 Greenbrier Drive (760) 757-5456

YUKIYA SUSHI 2415 Vista Way (760) 439-3283


MANGIA E BEVI 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-1225

LOVE BOAT SUSHI 125 Old Grove Road (760) 721-3737



TURMERIC HUT 125 Old Grove Rd. Suite 4 (760) 470-3415 INDONESIAN DIJA MARA 232 S. Coast Hwy. (760) 231-5376

MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA 455 College Blvd. (760) 295-3121


THE PRIVATEER COAL FIRE PIZZA 1706 Pacific Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2500 theprivateercoalfirepizza.com

BENITO'S PIZZA CAFE 610 Mission Ave. (760) 721-3000

ROMA’S PIZZA & GRILL 617 North Redondo Drive (760) 757-2003

BEST PIZZA & BREW OCEANSIDE 1639 S Coast Hwy. (760) 435-1000

ROUND TABLE PIZZA 3440 Marron Road (760) 434-5977

BIG BOB’S BEST PIZZA 3617 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-5050 BLADE 1936 401 Seagaze Drive (760) 231-1456 BROOKLYN BOYZ PIZZA 2183 Vista Way (760) 757-4992 CARMINE’S 119 South Coast Hwy. (760) 966-6888 CUSIMANO’S PIZZERIA 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 414-1200 DOMINIC’S AT THE HARBOR RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 268 Harbor Drive South (760) 754-1881 FUNK N GOOD PIZZA 209 North Tremont Street (760) 231-5173 FRATELLI’S 3915 Mission Ave. (760) 696-9007 GIANNI’S PIZZA 3910 West Vista Way (760) 724-2670 GRAZIANO'S PIZZARIA 101 Old Grove Road (760) 231-5990

TONY PEPPERONI PIZZERIA 805 College Blvd. (760) 726-6400 TWO BROTHERS FROM ITALY 4760 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 758-3638 1001 South Coast Hwy. (760) 758-3638 UPPER CRUST PIZZA 4196 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 630-9330 VENETOS 608 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-1228 ZIGZAG PIZZA 333 North Myers Street (760) 433-1555 JAMAICAN ONE LOVE ISLAND CUISINE 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 685-4618 JAPANESE/SUSHI/POKE CAFÉ DE THAI & SUSHI 4196 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 945-5533 GO GO JAPAN SUSHI 4121 Oceanside Blvd (760) 630-1288 HARNEY SUSHI 301 Mission Ave (760) 967-1820 harneysushi.com

THE POKI CAFE 3910 West Vista Way (760) 458-3986 POKI POKI 3480 Marron Road (760) 295-9086 POKI POKI #2 4140 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-4924

M. BBQ 2216 S El Camino Real (760) 433-1888 MR. BIBI 208 North Coast Hwy. (442) 266-8269 SONU BBQ 3744 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3686 MEDITERRANEAN

RISING SUN SUSHI 272 South Harbor Drive (760) 277-0582

MAAN’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. Ste.107 (760) 726-2249

SUNSHINE POKE & SUSHI 224 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-5481


SUNSHINE KITCHEN 1006 Mission Ave. (442) 222-1811 SUSHI4REEL 4750 Oceanside Blvd. Suite A-20 (760) 659-6784 TERI CAFÉ 2216 South El Camino Real (760) 722-8399 TERI CAFÉ II 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 945-8888 THE POKE CAFÉ 3910 Vista Way (760) 458-3986 UMI JAPANESE GRILL & CAFÉ 401 Mission Ave. (760) 439-3566 WARAII SUSHI 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 630-3770

ANITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 2250 South El Camino Real (760) 757-7745 ANITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 1714 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-6323 anitasoceanside101.com CARTE BLANCHE BISTRO & BAR 339 North Cleveland Street (760) 231-5370 CAFÉ ROSARITA 1816 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-6224 CARLITO’S CHICKEN 158 Roymar Road (760) 433-3427 CEJA’S MEXICAN DINER & GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 945-2199

WICKED POKE 2401 Vista Way (760) 529-0774

COLIMA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 404 Pier View Way (760) 439-4045

THE WHET NOODLE 1815 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2738

DE KOTIJA’S TACO SHOP 3504 College Blvd (760) 758-0399

WRENCH & RODENT SEABASSTROPUB 1815 South Coast Hwy. (760) 271-0531

DIEGO’S MEXICAN FOOD 1030 South Coast Hwy. (760) 721-1985

EL CHAPÍN 3753 Mission Ave. (760) 842-7683

ROBERTO’S TACO SHOP #13 518 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 757-2377

MARISCO’S ENSENADA 1405 South El Camino Real (760) 967-6024

EL MUNDO DE MARISCOS 3110 San Luis Rey Road (760) 754-8922

ROBERTO’S TACO SHOP 2983 Via Las Rosas (760) 433-5004

OCEANSIDE BROILER 1325 North Harbor Drive (760) 722-3474

FIESTA MEXICANA 3784 Mission Ave. (760) 757-9872

SAN LUIS REY BAKERY & RESTAURANT 490 North El Camino Real (760) 433-7242

TIN FISH OCEANSIDE 302 North The Strand (760) 966-0007

GOURMET TAMALES 3616 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 439-3343 JALISCO CANTINA 213 North Coast Hwy. (760) 429-1679 JOHNNY MANANA’S 308 Mission Ave (760) 721-9999 KING BURRITO 3490 Marron Road (760) 720-9747 LA FUENTE DE MARISCOS 2936 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-0150 LA PERLA TAPATIA 625 North Redondo Drive (760) 722-2877 LA PERLA TAPATIA 1910 Mission Ave (760) 721-8486 LOS TACOS 2183 Vista Way (760) 757-8226 MARIETA’S 485 Vandegrift Blvd. (760) 967-1769 MARISCOS EL PULPO LOKO 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 547-5624 MARISCOS ENSENADA 1405 South El Camino Real (760) 967-6024 MI ASADOR MEXICAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 806-6684 MIRAMAR FISH TACOS & BEER 41 Douglas Drive (760) 721-2147 PEDRO’S TACOS 656 Benet Road (760) 722-7221 POLLOS MARIA 125 Old Grove Road (760) 435-9071 pollosmaria.com


SANCHO'S TACOS 400 Mission Ave. (760) 231-8228

333 PACIFIC 333 North Pacific Street (760) 433-3333

SEÑOR GRUBBYS 311 N. Tremont St. (760) 721-6040 eatgrubbys.com

HUNTER STEAK HOUSE 1221 Vista Way (760) 433-2633 THAI

MARISCOS EL PULPO LOKO 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 547-5624

CAFÉ DE THAI & SUSHI 4196 Oceanside Blvd. TONY’S FRESH MEXICAN FOOD (760) 945-5533 2983 Via Las Rosas OCEAN THAI (760) 433-5004 2455 Vista Way (760) 722-9779 VALERIE’S TACO SHOP 3617 Ocean Ranch Blvd. OCEAN THAI (760) 712-1296 3846 Mission Ave #A3 VALERIE'S TACO SHOP (760) 967-9901 1006 Mission Ave. RIM TALAY (760) 231-1824 508 Mission Ave (760) 435-2007 VALERIES TACO STAND 2213 S El Camino Real (760) 231-5458

SABAI SABAI THAI KITCHEN 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-5597


SAVORY THAI 3829 Plaza Drive (760) 806-9606

PANCA PERUVIAN CUISINE & ROTISSERIE 1902 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-3396

THAI THAI 4121 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-5445

SEAFOOD 333 PACIFIC 333 North Pacific Street (760) 433-3333

THAI GARDEN 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 940-1009

HARBOR FISH & CHIPS 276 Harbor Drive South (760) 722-4977

THAI TABLE 1910 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 721-4850

HELLO BETTY FISH HOUSE 211 Mission Ave. (760) 722-1008

VEGAN EVE OCEANSIDE 507 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-1052

JOE’S CRAB SHACK 314 Harbor Drive (760) 722-1345

THE GREEN HOUSE 212 North Coast Highway (760) 529-4814

LIGHTHOUSE OYSTER BAR & GRILL 262 Harbor Drive South (760) 433-1900 lighthouseoceanside.com   61

THE PLOT 1733 South Coast Hwy. (442) 266-820 theplotrestaurant.com VIETNAMESE MR. PHO 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 940-1306 PHO BOWL & GRILL 1006 Mission Ave. Ste. C (760) 453-2999 ND BANH MI 4160 Oceanside Blvd Ste. 169 (760) 726-4650. PHO HA 3905 Mission Ave (760) 754-5267 PHO HOUSE 3753 Mission Ave. (760) 754-9999 PHO OCEANSIDE 518 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 754-2828 YUMMY PHO 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-1800 WINE BARS/WINERIES BEACH HOUSE WINERY 1534 Sleeping Indian Road (760) 732-3236 COOMBER CRAFT WINES 611 Mission Ave. (760) 231-8022 coomberwines.com GOLDEN COAST MEAD 4093 Oceanside Blvd Ste G. (760) 630-4468 MATTUCCI WINERY 3830 Oceanic Drive, Suite 407 (760) 305-8435 ORFILA VINEYARDS & WINERY 221 N Cleveland Street (760) 755-7040 THE MILLER’S TABLE 514 S Coast Hwy. (442) 615-7200 THE PRIVATEER MARKETPLACE & WINE BAR 1704 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2254 privateer-marketplace.com

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